Gerry Phelan, I’m confused. In your May 31 column, “The crux of the matter,” you begin with a serious statement and end by saying you were kidding.
Well, with the possible exception to the humour of your placing Brian Tobin in the same sentence next to the word “logic,” I fail to see any humour anywhere in the entire effort!
I am happy you at least took up the topic of removing the cross from St. Matthew’s Elementary School in St. John’s because it is a subject that is so tragic and insulting on so many levels that it can hardly be ignored.
First of all, it is, indeed, a pity that the proponent of removing the cross is so gormless that he/she requires that the press give him/her anonymity. Our denominational system taught us to stand up and be counted for our opinions and not run snivelling behind the skirts of some human rights commission that, at most, would only join the proponent in effecting gross anti-Christian behaviour. We can thank Brian Tobin for that.
Speaking of snivelling, our brilliant Eastern School Board is cowering in fear of this person of destructive intent and, as for their lawyers, whatever happened to the old adage, “you never know till you go to court”?
Since when does anyone have the right to tear down our historic and cultural icons of school, church and an entire branch of our civilization?
If your answer is secularism, then I tell you you are presenting a gift box with nothing in it; secularism stands for nothing. Our culture was built on the principles of Christianity, which includes tolerance, and to suggest that it should be diminished because of some selfish, empty twaddle about secularism is tantamount to the beginning of religious genocide. That the board’s lawyers and the board should support this activity is reprehensible.
Mr. Phelan, you and the school board’s lawyers should read about famous Canadian journalist and author Mark Stein, who took on the B.C. Human Rights Commission in a case involving freedom of expression. His description of that commission would make them run and hide in shame; and yes, he did most assuredly win his case.
No, Mr. Phelan, there is no humour in this on any level.